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Malerich Leads Seminoles To ACC Softball Title Over Virginia, 2-0

May. 1, 2000

2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championships

GAME NINE – Championship Game

Florida State 2, Virginia 0

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State sophomore hurler Leslie Malerich earned
Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Tournament Most Valuable Player honors as
she led the Lady Seminoles to a 2-0 victory over Virginia in the
championship game of the 2000 ACC Softball Championships, played at the
Seminole Softball Complex Monday afternoon.

In her third victory of the day (FSU defeated Maryland 3-0 and Virginia 3-1
earlier in the day to advance to the championship game), Malerich, who
pitched 17 and two-thirds of shutout softball on Monday alone, improved to
30-14 overall and recorded her 15 shutout. With the win, FSU improved to
44-25 on the year and claimed its eighth ACC title in nine years. With the
loss, UVA fell to 27-36.

“We felt like the Maryland game was a warm-up for these two games against
Virginia,” Malerich said. “We had so much energy and adrenaline that we
didn’t feel warn down after our loss on Sunday. I was a little tired, but I
felt good about the way I pitched. This is all just so exciting.”

Florida State scored two runs off of two hits in the second inning and held
on for the victory behind the strong pitching of Malerich, who fanned four
while walking no one. FSU’s Andi Lyons drew a walk to leadoff the inning
and was sacrificed to second. Becky Brock hit a base hit over Cavalier
third baseman Karen Breshears’ head, and UVA shortstop Johanna Kaiser
errored on the play which sent Lyons to third. Staci Brandon hit the ball
sharply to center field for the two-RBI single.

Virginia managed just five hits, including a double by Kristen Dennis.

Pitcher Chrissy Quinn fell to 12-12 with the loss.

“I thought we played well all tournament long,” Virginia Head Coach Cheryl
Sprangel said. “Florida State used their speed to beat us today, but our
pitching staff did a great job shutting them down offensively.”

Florida State has now won three consecutive ACC Tournament championship
games over Virginia.

“What a day,” FSU Head Coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “It was a long day, but
it was definitely worthwhile. This weekend, and especially today, has shown
how much this team has grown and matured, individually, and as a team.
Leslie (Malerich) gave a gutsy performance. She really kept her composure.
I couldn’t have asked for a better performance from her.”

Florida State’s Serita Brooks, Natalie Bennett and Staci Brandon joined
Malerich on the ACC All-Tournament Team. Virginia was also well-represented
as Meaghan Young, Ruby Rojas, Amy Peay and Chrissy Quinn all received
all-tourney recognition. Sarah Putnam from Maryland, Heather Sumrow from
Georgia Tech and Crystal Henderson from North Carolina rounded out the team.

GAME NINE     123   456   7   R H E
Virginia      000   000   0   0 5 3
Florida State 020   000   x   2 6 0

WP – Leslie Malerich (29-14)

LP – Chrissy Quinn (12-11)


All-Tournament Team
Meaghan Young Virginia
Serita Brooks Florida State
Ruby Rojas Virginia
Heather Sumrow Georgia Tech
Natalie Bennett Florida State
Sarah Putnam Maryland
Amy Peay Virginia
Staci Brandon Florida State
Crystal Henderson North Carolina
Chrissy Quinn Virginia
Leslie Malerich (MVP) Florida State
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